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Heavier Than a Mountain

Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
Written by: Olan Thorensen
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Beware of creating your worst enemy.

All Joe Colsco wanted out of life was a reasonably interesting job supporting a quiet, comfortable suburban lifestyle, eventually a small family, and time to pursue hobbies. Instead, a freak accident casts him naked onto a beach of another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life, has a respectable position in his new society, and is married with a child on the way. But all is not rosy. He has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had - or any nightmare.

The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Despite Yozef's hope to focus his life on transferring scientific knowledge and supporting a quiet life, he finds his life's direction moving beyond his control. As his actions and ideas become more important in resisting the Narthani, he reluctantly finds himself dragged into leadership roles he doesn't believe himself qualified - including efforts to unite the Caedelli clans.

The transformation of Joseph Colsco to Yozef Kolsko is about to take another step. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

©2017 Olan Thorensen (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Too Much About Tactics of War<br />

I'm not much of a war mongerer myself so I found all the tactics of War kind of boring. couldn't wait for it to end. I'm assuming there will be another book of which I will be hesitant to download. Jonathan Davis performance was great. I will definitely look for him in the narration of other books.

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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • Alexandria, VA United States
  • 2017-10-15

And Even Heavier to Read

I am hooked on this series, but disappointed with Book 3. Olan's excellent writing style continued, but the balance between action and backstory was heavily skewed towards the latter. On the plus side, a bit more of the SciFi storyline came through. But, they were just snippets compared to the over-indulgent details that dragged down the overall storyline.

I am actually glad I've caught up to the author, because I need a break. Hopefully Olan will focus on editing a well balanced storyline instead of rushing out the next book. We need more about tech transfer, the Watchers, and tactics. We need less about wet nursing, minimally consequential clan disputes, and the endless reminders that people feel Yosef is slightly odd. (After three books, we got that.)

I do want to point out that Jonathan Davis' narration really helps to make these books great. There are so many characters that it would be impossible to keep them all straight without his incredible diverse range of vocalizations.

So I am definitely in for the 4th book as the overall series is fantastic. My hope is that it lives up to the promise of the first two.

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  • David Bates
  • 2017-11-09

I found myself totally involved in this story

I enjoy this series very much. The story and character development is excellent. I especially enjoy the way that the narrator brings each and every character to life.There are so many possible directions that the story can take and I anxious to hear the next book in the series.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-01-28

Can't get enough of this series. So good!

We see a definite transformation occuring with Yozef in book 3 as he begins to accept more responsibility and discover a leadership within himself he never knew was there. However, all the things I love about the series, introducing new modern day era innovations and creating battlefield tactics that baffle enemies are still present in full force. I could listen to 30 books in this series and hope they keep coming. Thus far, books 1-3 were finished in just one week as I could not put this series down!

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  • James
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2017-09-04

Great Book

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and this is my favorite for the year (2017) so far. In fact, the series (Destiny's Crucible) is in my top 5 all-time. My other favorites are Lord of the Rings (you might have heard of it), the Foundation Series (Asimov), the Vorkosian Series (Lois McMaster Bujold) and the Lost Fleet (Jack Campbell aka John G. Henry). So that is the kind of company this series is in, at least in my view. It is similar in setting to Weber's Safehold series, but better.

Someone from the present ends up in an early modern modern society (similar to Europe circa 1700) and tries to help the locals make scientific and industrial progress. He lands on an island about the size of Great Britain and gets caught up trying to help the Islanders fight off invaders from one of the large continents.

One thing I like is the balance of action and character development. There are quiet lulls in the book where things move slowly instead of just being a roller coaster ride from one battle to another. The characters are excellent. There is even good character development for the main characters on the other side. And both sides have their share of admirable and not so admirable characters.

Also, the storyline has a mostly positive arc. Yes, the protagonist has some reverses and nothing is easy but, in general, the storyline is about progress. And it is not just technological and military progress. Political and economic development also play an important role in the series.

Great book, the best of the series so far (although all are very good). And the performance is excellent.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 2017-10-09

The Crucible rages on and on

OK I have to admit I am totally hooked on this series, and this performance. It is clearly not for everyone, and it has been swerving into the &quot; Game of Thrones&quot; arena on more than one occasion. That said, the characters are so real, and the vision of the planet is so compelling, that I find myself looking forward to the next offering .
Highly recommended!

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  • Nicholas d vanvalkenburgh
  • 2017-09-19

Great story, getting better each book

This author knows how to write, bringing to the table a lot of his own knowledge, and weaving it into a completely immersive world.
I really enjoyed this and the last two stories, and each inspired me to learn more about Joseph's insights by reading books he actually references in the story.
Can't recommend this book more and the series as a whole is worth an investment.
I can't say there are many books I'd read (listen) to again but this is one. I'd re listen to the whole series just to get more.
Can't wait for the next book...
By the way narrator 10 out of 10.

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  • MK
  • 2018-02-06

Each Book Is Worse

Fourteen hours of narration and thirteen of them are irrelevant and obnoxious internal /thoughts/arguments or strategy (the same strategy repeated over and over), or information we don’t need to know. I was disappointed and couldn’t finish the book. The first one was great. The second one wasn’t too bad either. This one, though...

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  • Ryan Thomas
  • 2018-02-16

Genre defying in the best way

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This entire series is such a great concept and spans genres in a way that you're fully immersed in one, jump to another and back again. It's truly mind expanding!

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent narration with very developed personalities and voices add a lot to the story, so much so that I'm not sure I could pinpoint his normal voice.

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  • Joplin MIssouri
  • 2017-10-16

A Great Series

This series of books are awesome! I could not stop listening to the great performance Jonathan Davis provided. Olan Thorensen’s writing was truly fabulous! I strongly recommend these books.

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  • Patrick Marstall
  • Chantilly, VA USA
  • 2017-10-16

Constantly Improving

This is kind of my “guilty pleasure” series of the moment. It's really not that good, but at the same time, I’m having a great time listening to it. The prose is fine and the characters are decent, but the plotting and pacing (and even time-lines) are all over the place with lots of unnecessary repetition and exposition (though slightly less than in previous books). If you’ve made it through the first two books, you’ll find this one is pretty good.

Thorensen’s action sequences are great and he has obviously done an obsessive level of planning and world-building, but it’s a slog to get through the first two-thirds of the book before anything exciting happens. This book was especially painful because the innovations that the main character introduces (the core driver of the story) are all procedural rather than scientific. It turns out that listening to someone instill modern program management techniques into a more primitive society isn't as exciting as it sounds.

The sequences with the enemy POV are a little better this time around. At least they’re not endlessly briefing themselves on stuff shown in the previous chapters. I still don’t care much about them though.

I reckon a couple passes by a competent editor could turn the series into something really special. Here’s hoping that the success of the series leads to that level of professionalism.

Jonathan Davis does a good job (as always), and the production values this time around are much higher than in the previous audiobook.

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